2016 Poster Contest Now Open!
It’s time for your students to show how
creative they can be when promoting the benefits of eating nutritious food, being physically fit, and getting adequate sleep (at least 10 hours for school aged kids and 9-10 for teens). School Wellness Council champions should put the word out, through teacher, student, and parent announcements, that all students in your school can participate in the 7th Annual Wellness Poster Contest (2016). (You can even forward them this newsletter!) One winner and three runners-up will be selected from each grade level (elementary, middle, and high school). Schools with winning entries will receive up to $500 of wellness materials, and the winning designs will be displayed in schools citywide, on the DOE website, and in other documents used to increase awareness of school wellness, including our ever-popular Wellness Calendar. All winners and runners-up will be recognized at an awards ceremony in June. Full details are here. The deadline for contest entries is Friday, March 4, 2016. (Image: 2015 winning poster by Amy Zhang, Grade 5, P.S. 102 The Bayview, Brooklyn.)
- Free Webinar on Understanding Student Emotions in PE: Register here for a free SPARK webinar on 2/17 at 8 p.m. to learn how students’ thoughts, feelings, and emotions impact their physical education experience and how to unpack these concepts to improve student learning outcomes.
- Free K-5 Move-to-Improve Open Workshop in March: Grade K-5 teachers Citywide (including cluster, PE, and special education teachers) can register here for free Move-to-Improve training in Queens on 3/2 from 3 to 5 p.m. and learn the many benefits of integrating physical activity into your classroom. Participants receive a professional development stipend, certificate of completion, teacher agenda packet, and technical assistance.
- New Webinar on Condom Demonstrations in High School Health Ed: In-class condom demonstrations are an essential part of high school sexual health instruction. Build comfort and skill with this instruction through a webinar on 2/22, where teachers will learn about the Reducing the Risk condom demonstration lesson and strategies for incorporating it into high school health education class. Register on Eventbrite here.
- College Scholarships for LGBTQ Youth: Three $10,000 scholarships for LGBTQ high school seniors are available from Live Out Loud, which connects Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) youth with successful LGBTQ professionals in the community. Past scholarship recipients started gender sexuality or gay straight alliances at their school, tackled bullying, and/or improved school policy. Applications are available here and due 3/1.
- Sexual Health Peer Education Training: Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center hosts an all-day SAFER SEX Training for Youth on 2/19. Students tour the center and review information about HIV/STI prevention, condom use, birth control options, informed decision-making, and sexual health myths and facts. RSVP by 2/16 to email@example.com.
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Physical Activity and Fitness
- NYC Excellence in School Wellness Award Open: Recognize all the work your elementary School Wellness Council has put into place to create healthier environments for students, grades K-5/6. With criteria focused on physical activity, as well as other healthy school programming (e.g., better beverage choices, healthy fundraisers, mental health supports), you’re sure to qualify for bronze to platinum status. To apply, click here, or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 4/1.
- Last Chance to Apply for Active Design in Schools Grant: Apply here by 2/12 for a chance to win one of 20 grants of $4,000 for K-12 schools. Schools with pre-K programs can also apply by 2/12 for one of 20 Active Design in Early Childhood Settings grants of $2,500. Download the Active Design Toolkit for Schools for ideas.
- Citywide School Garden Social: Join Grow to Learn and school gardeners throughout the City on 2/25 for a celebration of school gardens, featuring workshops, cooking demos, giveaways, and more. Click here to register for this and other workshops scheduled through May.
- Become a Biodiversity Champion and Get Free School Garden Seeds: School garden staff can sign up to join Slow Food USA ‘s Ark of Taste project to request seeds from endangered plant varieties to plant in classrooms and your school garden. Click here for details and an application.
- Respect for All (RFA) Week Resources and Ideas: Choosing a theme is an engaging way to rally middle and high school-aged students to create safe, supportive learning environments free from harassment, intimidation and bullying. For ideas, use these free or low-cost resources for educators and families. Resources for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month provide ways to celebrate Respect in All Relationships throughout the week. Use sample flyers to build a bulletin board displaying student artwork, poetry, and statements about what makes a healthy, happy relationship (see sample image, above). Or, invite Day One, The Healthy Relationship Training Academy, or Community Healthcare Network’s Teens PACT to present a free or low-cost workshop on healthy relationships. For more ideas, email email@example.com.
- Promote School Connectedness During “Start With Hello Week”: Sign up for the free and easy-to-implement Start With Hello program developed by Sandy Hook Promise to teach your grade 2-12 students the skills they need to reach out and include those who may feel left out and socially isolated. Get downloadable presentations, activities, and resource guides. Schools that participate this week, 2/8-2/12, are eligible to apply for a $10,000 Start With Hello Award.
- BirdSleuth School Garden Grants: K-12 teachers apply here by 2/15 for one of 10 grants of up to $2,000 from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Sleuth program to build or revitalize a school garden. At least half the gardens funded will be underserved, high-need, urban schools; proposed projects should include habitat improvements, learning about birds, and/or citizen science.
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- Pair Wellness Poster Contest with Sustainability Contest for a Green and
Healthy Art Challenge: We’re not the only ones asking students to express themselves through art. Grade K-12 students can also depict ways that schools can save energy in the Office of Sustainability’s fifth annual poster contest. See details here.
- Free Educator Open House at Children’s Museum of Manhattan: Learn about the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s many curriculum-enhancing programs and exhibitions, participate in educator discussions, and enjoy a guided tour of the new exhibition America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far at a special educator program on 2/29 from 4 to 6 p.m. RSVP here.
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